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Autumn 2014 Program Highlights


JUDY CANOVA SHOW (11-16-43) With Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, singer Eddie Dean, Charles Dant and the Orchestra. Judy sings “Pistol Packin’ Mama” and decides to stage an opera in her barn. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (24 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (1-17-14) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress and dancer Gwen Davies, who talks by telephone from her home in Pennsylvania about her radio and stage career. Recorded by Jim Zarembski in Niles, Illinois. (34 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Summer 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LET’S PRETEND (8-29-42) “The Little Mermaid” is a radio adaptation of the famous story by Hans Christian Andersen, about a young mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. Gwen Davies is “secretary” and Lolita, with Daisy Aldan, Patricia Ryan, Sybil Trent, Albert Aley, Arthur Anderson, Jack Grimes, Adelaide Bishop, Miriam Wolfe. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (1-17-14) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Gwen Davies. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (7-15-62) “Snow on 66,” starring Jimmy Blaine, Grayson Hall, Gwen Davies. A couple traveling through a town in Arizona are harassed by a menacing driver. Cast includes James Dimetree, William Mason, Sam Raskin. Participating sponsors, CBS. (21 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (1-30-49) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet star, with Tommy Bernard, Henry Blair, Janet Waldo, announcer Verne Smith. Ozzie decides to take a job driving the school bus, but must pass a driver’s test first. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)


YOU BET YOUR LIFE (3-22-50) Groucho Marx is emcee of this famous comedy quiz program, with announcer George Fenneman. Couples answer questions about farm animals and birds and songs about the weather. DeSoto-Plymouth, CBS. (29 min)
INFORMATION PLEASE (1-10-39) It’s “time to stump the experts” as moderator Clifton Fadiman welcomes regulars Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran and Oscar Levant. Guest is writer Alexander Woolcott. Canada Dry, NBC. (29 min)
QUIZ KIDS (1-24-43) Chief Quizzer Joe Kelly asks the questions of Harve Bennett Fishman (age 12), Gerard Darrow (age 10), Margaret Merrick (age 14), Joel Kupperman (age 6), Smylla Brind (age 14). Guest is Sister Elizabeth Kenny. Alka-Seltzer, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about The Quiz Kids in the Summer 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (10-27-44) Tom Howard hosts this quiz show spoof, with Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, George Shelton, announcer Ken Roberts, Nat Novick and the Orchestra. Questions include “What president is the movie Wilson about?” and “In what month does Hallowe’en occur?” AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min)
QUICK AS A FLASH (3-9-47) Ken Roberts hosts this quiz show, in which members of the studio audience match wits with each other to get the answer to a series of dramatic puzzles. Guest detective is actress Martha Vickers. Helbros Watches, MBS. (28 min)
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (3-17-45) Ralph Edwards leads members of the studio audience through quizzes and stunts in this show broadcast from Hollywood. In one stunt, three servicemen must perform a scene with guest Chili Williams. Announcer is Bob WIlliams. Duz, NBC. (30 min)


EDDIE CANTOR SHOW (2-21-45) From the Santa Ana Army Air Base, with Harry Von Zell, Nora Martin, Bert Gordon, Billy Graves (as Harry von Zell Jr.), Leonard Sues and His Orchestra, and guest Ella Logan, who talks about her recent USO tour. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (12-30-13) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with Shirley Ann Russell, who recalls her time as a child actress in Detroit during the Golden Age of Radio. Recorded by Jim Zarembski in Niles, Illinois. (30 min)
THE LONE RANGER (10-21-38) “Children of the West” stars Earle Graser as the Lone Ranger, with John Todd as Tonto. Two young children are accused of stealing valuables from the homes of their neighbors. Syndicated, MBS. (29 min) Read the article about The Lone Ranger in the Autumn 2014 Nostalgia Digest.
ACADEMY AWARD (5-18-46) “My Sister Eileen” starring Rosalind Russell and Janet Blair in a radio version of the 1942 film. Russell and Blair re-create their screen roles as two sisters from Ohio who try to survive in a Greenwich Village apartment. Squibb, CBS. (28 min)
MURDER AT MIDNIGHT (8-30-46) “The Thirteenth Floor” starring Ann Shepherd, Paul Mann. A woman gets off the elevator of her apartment building and has a terrifying encounter with her ex-boyfriend, an escapee from Death Row. Directed by Anton M. Leader. Syndicated. (26 min)
CONNEE BOSWELL SHOW (6-14-44) From New York, with Buddy Lester, announcer Jack McCarthy, Lloyd Schafer and His Orchestra. Connee sings “San Fernando Valley” and “How Blue the Night”; Buddy wants to be a serious actor and meets with a diction teacher. The cast presents a dramatic spoof, “Borscht Is Thicker Than Water.” Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (29 min)


MEL BLANC SHOW (4-29-47) It’s the “Man of a Thousand Voices” starring in his own show, with Mary Jane Croft, Joseph Kearns, Hans Conried, Elvia Allman, Jim Backus, Joe Walker, The Sportsmen Quartet, Victor Miller and the Orchestra. Mel is invited to a society event to take part in a literary quiz. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (25 min) Read the article about The Mel Blanc Show in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GRAND CENTRAL STATION (8-24-46) “Moon Blind” starring Kathryn Bard and Donald Buka. A young man leaves his small town to make good in New York, despite the objections of the girl who loves him. Narrated by John Reed King, with George Matthews, James Monks, Eugenia Rawls, Frank Tweddell. Stuart Metz announces. Pillsbury, CBS. (29 min)
BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (10-18-45) Dinah Shore stars, with Harry von Zell, Robert Emmet Dolan and the Orchestra, Elvia Allman, Frank Nelson, and guest Jack Carson, who invites Dinah and Harry over to his house as he rehearses his next film. Dinah sings “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” and “It’s Been a Long, Long Time.” Birds Eye Frosted Foods, NBC. (30 min)
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (8-8-48) “The Bluebeard Caper” starring Howard Duff as Spade, with Lurene Tuttle as Effie. A man hires Sam to save his sister from a boyfriend who has lost three wives under unusual circumstances. Dick Joy announces. Wildroot Cream Oil, CBS. (30 min)
THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (1-14-58) Starring Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce. A magazine article leads the family to spend the night in their guest room, where they make some interesting discoveries. Participating sponsors, CBS. (14 min)
THIRD MAN (12-28-51) “Two Is Company” stars Orson Welles as Harry Lime, with zither music by Anton Karas. Lime senses a business opportunity when he encounters the son of an American businessman at a bar in Sicily. Syndicated. (28 min)


MAN CALLED X (6-5-47) Herbert Marshall stars as agent Ken Thurston, with Leon Belasco as Pagon Zeldschmidt. Ken travels to Hawaii to clear himself of a murder charge while investigating a company that has been defrauding war veterans. Cast includes Harry Bartell. Ken Niles announces. Frigidaire, CBS. (26 min)
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (6-18-48) Starring Spike Jones and His City Slickers in a broadcast from Las Vegas, with Dorothy Shay, Doodles Weaver, announcer Michael Roy, and guest Buddy Clark, who sings “Blue Shadows on the Trail.” The City Slickers play “California, Here I Come” and “Two-Gun Harry.” Coca-Cola, CBS. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF FRANK MERRIWELL (1-22-49) “The Rival Captain” starring Lawson Zerbe as Frank, with Hal Studer as Bart and Elaine Rost as Inza. It’s the day of a big basketball game and the captain of the opposing team is lost in the snow. Cast: Charme Allen, John Sylvester, BIll Griffiths, Cameron Andrews, Edgar Stehli, Connie Evans. Mel Brandt announces. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF TOPPER (7-5-45) Roland Young stars as Cosmo Topper, re-creating his movie role as a man troubled by the ghosts of George and Marian Kirby (Paul Mann and Frances Chaney). When Cosmo confides in his wife about the Kirbys, she has him analyzed by two psychiatrists. Dick Kollmar announces. Post Toasties, NBC. (31 min)
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (5-12-51) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Tartaglia and Jack Kruschen as Detective Muggevin. A man wearing an expensive watch is found shot to death. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (1-15-46) With Verna Felton, Anita Ellis, Pat McGeehan, Gigi Pearson, announcer Rod O’Connor, David Forrester and the Orchestra. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire examines “Department Stores,” with J. Newton Numbskull, Clem Kadiddlehopper, and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)


GREEN HORNET (4-18-43) “The Corpse Who Wasn’t There,” with Al Hodge as Britt Reid (a.k.a. The Green Hornet) and Raymond Toyo as Kato. Reid and Kato stop by a house to deliver a letter and find a dead body. The Hornet investigates. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (30 min)
LIGHTS OUT (4-6-38) “Cat Wife” starring Boris Karloff in Arch Oboler’s classic story about a man whose wife turns into a human-sized cat. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-25-13) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with actress Julie Newmar, who talks about her career in television, movies and the stage. Recorded at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (30 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (4-20-49) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Mary Lee Robb as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Arthur Q. Bryan as Floyd Munson. Gildy takes up crime detection as a hobby and agrees to investigate a ghostly sound coming from a haunted house. Kraft Foods, NBC. (30 min)
SEALED BOOK (6-10-45) “The Ghost Makers” is the story of a man who conspires to drive his aunt insane so that he can access her fortune. Syndicated. (30 min)

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MAGIC ISLAND (1936) The first episode of the adventure series, with Tommy Carr as Jerry, Sally Creighton as Mrs. Gregory, Will H. Reynolds as Capt. Tex Bradford. Jerry arrives at the Gregory house with news about a strange island. Syndicated. (12 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 1 of the celebrated holiday adventure. Judy and Jimmy Barton discover that the silver star for the top of the Christmas tree is missing. While searching for the ornament in their attic, they meet Paddy O’Cinnamon. (13 min)
DRENE TIME (1-12-47) Don Ameche, Frances Langford, and Danny Thomas star in the fifth show of the series, with Gale Gordon, announcer Tobe Reed, Carmen Dragon and the Orchestra. Frances sings “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” and joins Ameche for a Bickersons sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 2. Jimmy and Judy de-grow and take a glass airplane to Maybe Land in pursuit of the silver star. (13 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (2-5-45) “Laura” starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price and Otto Kruger in a radio version of the 1944 film, about a detective who investigates the murder of a glamorous woman and finds himself falling in love with her. Lionel Barrymore hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 13 min & 26 min) Read the article about Gene Tierney in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 3. The airplane lands in the Looking Glass Valley. (13 min)
MY FAVORITE HUSBAND (9-2-49) Lucille Ball and Richard Denning star as Liz and George Cooper, with Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet as Rudolph and Iris Atterbury. The Coopers come home from vacation and find that someone has been ordering ice cream from the milkman on their account. Cast includes Anne Whitfield, Frank Nelson, Hans Conried. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)


FIRST NIGHTER (1-29-48) “A Writer in the Family” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule “from the little theatre off Times Square.” A romantic comedy about a highway surveyor, a writer of western stories, and a hidden identity. Larry Keating announces. Campana Products, CBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 4. Captured by the Inkaboos. (13 min)
X MINUS ONE (4-17-56) “Jaywalker” starring Bob Hastings, Teri Keane, Raymond Edward Johnson, Connie Lembcke, Eugene Francis. The wife of a space pilot stows away on her husband’s ship, endangering the lives of those aboard. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 5. The Crazy Quilt Dragon to the rescue! (13 min)
YOUR HIT PARADE (11-10-45) It’s the top tunes of the week, performed by singers Dick Todd, Joan Edwards, The Hit Paraders, and Mark Warnow and the Orchestra. Kenny Delmar announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 6. Our heroes meet Wesley the Wailing Whale and Samuel the Seal. (13 min)
DOCTORS AT WAR (5-6-44) “They Shall Walk Again” is the story of a war veteran who falls in love, but fears how his girlfriend will react to his artificial limb. Broadcast from the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Cast: Loretta Filbrant, Beryl Vaughn, Curley Bradley, Ralph Camargo, Jack Petruzzi, Hugh Studebaker. Greg Donovan announces. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)


BOB HOPE SHOW (10-16-45) Broadcasting from the USS South Dakota, anchored in San Francisco, with Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Skinnay Ennis and The Orchestra, Mel Blanc as Private Sad Sack, and Navy ace Dave McCampbell. Ennis sings “Yah Ta Ta (Talk, Talk, Talk)” and “Got a Date With an Angel” and the cast performs a sketch about sailors coming home. AFRS rebroadcast. (22 min) Read the article about Skinnay Ennis in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 7. Mr. Presto, the magician. (13 min)
HOPALONG CASSIDY (5-7-50) “The Mystery of Three Oaks” starring William Boyd as Hopalong, with Joe DuVal as California Carlson. Hoppy rides into Three Oaks to sell his shares in a closed mine and learns that multiple parties are interested in buying. Syndicated. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 8. Riding with Captain Taffy and the Candy Pirates. (13 min)
DANNY O’NEIL SINGS (1-19-45) With Rudy Newman and the Orchestra. Songs include “Dancing in the Dark” and “Don’t Ever Change.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
THE FBI IN PEACE AND WAR (6-1-55) “Gray Matter” starring Jackson Beck, Paul McGrath. The FBI tracks down a swindler who has been hired as a “specialist” to destroy evidence and help a man avoid prosecution. Cast includes Robert Dryden. Sustaining, CBS. (20 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 9. The Roly Poly Policeman. (13 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (11-14-48) With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Gale Gordon, Robert North, Jeannine Roos, Anne Whitfield, announcer Bill Forman. Phil and Frankie try to invent a new drug for their sponsor. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)


JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (11-26-47) With Candy Candido, Arthur Treacher, sportscaster Tommy Harmon, Hans Conried, Elvia Allman, The Sportsmen Quartet, announcer Howard Petrie, and guest Victor Moore. Jimmy has a live turkey for Thanksgiving. Rexall, NBC. (28 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 10. Professor Whiz the Owl and Fraidy Cat the kitten. (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 11. Fee Fo, the Friendly Giant. (13 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (11-25-48) “The Free Land” starring Martha Scott in a Thanksgiving Day production of the story by Rose Wilder Lane. A young couple homestead in the Dakota territory and face the hardships of the prairie. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
LIBERACE PROGRAM (November 1954) A Thanksgiving show starring the celebrated pianist, who plays “Turkey in the Straw,” “Shine on Harvest Moon,” “The Maiden’s Wish,” and more. With George Liberace and the Orchestra. Syndicated. (27 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 12. Paddy O’Cinnamon meets the Rhyming Rabbit and gets stung by a bumblebee! (13 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 13. Judy, Jimmy, Paddy O’Cinnamon and the Crazy Quilt Dragon go through the picture frame and encounter the Wintergreen Witch. (13 min)
FATHER KNOWS BEST (11-26-53) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with Jean Vander Pyl as Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Helen Strome as Kathy. The Anderson family discovers that Thanksgiving can be a very complicated event. Post Cereals, Sanka, NBC. (30 min)


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-12-37) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Kenny Baker, Don Wilson, Andy Devine, Eddie Anderson, Elliott Lewis, Harry Baldwin, Sam Hearn. Jack goes Christmas shopping with Mary and Kenny. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 14. An audience with Queen Melissa of Maybe Land. (13 min)
CANDY MATSON (12-18-50) Natalie Masters stars as detective Candy Matson, with Henry Leff as Lt. Mallard, Jack Thomas as Rembrandt Watson. Candy, Mallard and Rembrandt take a holiday trip to San Juan Batista, but when they arrive at the mission, they find a murder waiting for them. Dudley Manlove announces. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 15. While trying to read a special message, our heroes encounter Snapper Snick, the Crocodile. (13 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (12-14-44) Bing Crosby stars, with Eugenie Baird, announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, and guest Jerry Colonna, who sings “Can’t You Hear Me Calling, Caroline?” Bing sings “White Christmas” as part of a medley of songs from the film Holiday Inn. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 16. Oliver the Ostrich. (13 min)
SUSPENSE (12-22-52) “Arctic Rescue” starring Joseph Cotten in the story of a group of brave men who risked their lives one Christmas to save their fellow men. With Joseph Kearns, Fred McKaye, Barney Phillips, Ben Wright, Norma Varden, Lillian Buyeff. Auto-Lite, CBS. (28 min)


THE SHADOW (12-24-39) “The Stockings Were Hung” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston, with Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margot Lane. The Shadow helps a newsboy’s family to have a merry Christmas. Sustaining, MBS. (24 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 17. The mud-slinging Muddlers. (13 min)
SEALTEST VARIETY THEATRE (12-23-48) Dorothy Lamour stars, with the Crew Chiefs, Henry Russell and the Orchestra, announcer Carlton KaDell, and guests Victor Moore and Pat O’Brien. Dorothy sings “Jingle Bells” and appears in a Christmas scene with Victor and a sketch with Pat playing a football coach. Sealtest, NBC. (29 min) Dorothy Lamour was born on December 10, 1914.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 18. Slim Pickens and the Cockleburr Cowboys. (13 min)
THE ANGEL WITH THE COLD NOSE (1940s) Margaret O’Brien stars, with Will Wright, Myron McCormick. A young girl befriends a tramp and his dog and tries to find them shelter for the night. Salvation Army, Syndicated. (26 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 19. Our heroes go to the Golden Grove and the Wintergreen Witch returns! (13 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (12-17-50) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, English teacher at Madison High School, with Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Gloria McMillan, Jane Morgan, Parley Baer. Mr. Conklin puts Miss Brooks in charge of the Christmas clothing drive. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)


FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-6-49) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson, Gale Gordon, Arthur Q. Bryan, Dick LeGrand, announcer Harlow Wilcox, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Fibber decides to save money and make his own Christmas cards. Teeney (Marian Jordan) sings “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 20. Queen Melissa’s Grand Wunky takes the Wintergreen Witch into exile in Looking Glass Valley. (13 min)
SHERLOCK HOLMES (12-21-47) “The Adventure of the Christmas Bride” starring John Stanley as Holmes and Alfred Shirley as Watson, who are hired by a nobleman to ensure his daughter’s wedding happens as planned. Clipper Craft Clothes, MBS. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 21. In the Land of Ice and Snow. (13 min)
KATE SMITH SHOW (12-24-44) With Ted Collins, Jack Miller and the Orchestra, Jackie Gleason. Kate sings “When My Ship Comes In” and “Ave Maria.” Dickie Jones appears as Henry Aldrich in a Christmas sketch and Gleason recalls his love affair with a jukebox. AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 22. Meeting Jack Frost. (13 min)
THE WHISTLER (12-24-50) “The Three Wise Guys” is a story by Damon Runyon, starring John Brown with Jack Moyles. Three hoods are looking for stolen money hidden in the town of Bethlehem. With Bill Forman as the Whistler. Signal Oil, CBS. (28 min)


A CHRISTMAS CAROL (12-25-49) Lionel Barrymore stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, continuing the radio tradition he began fifteen years earlier. It’s Charles Dickens’ famous story about a miser who learns about the spirit of Christmas. Narrated by Bill Johnstone, with Shirley Mitchell, Byron Kane, Eric Snowden, Joseph Kearns. Capehart Radio and Television Dealers, MBS. (30 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 23. Paddy O’Cinnamon gets stuck in a pile of Christmas stickers. (13 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-19-48) With Don Ameche, Marsha Hunt, Pat Patrick as Ercil Twing, Ray Noble and the Orchestra, and guest Mario Lanza, who sings “The Lord’s Prayer.” Edgar Bergen and Charlie tell a Christmas story; Ameche and Hunt perform a Bickersons sketch. Chase and Sanborn, NBC. (28 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 24. Judy, Jimmy and Paddy O’Cinnamon attend the Christmas Tree Parade. (13 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (12-20-59) “The Red Mystery Matter” stars Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account, who receives a troubling call from an old friend at Christmas time. Cast: Lawrence Dobkin, Forrest Lewis, Alan Reed, Barney Phillips. Participating sponsors, CBS. (25 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 25. Captain Tin Top has returned the Silver Star, only for the Crazy Quilt dragon to steal it! (13 min)
RUDY VALLEE SHOW (12-24-46) With Bennie Krueger and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Niles, the Bob Mitchell Choir, and guest Loretta Young, who reads Charles Tazewell’s story, The Littlest Angel. The Choir sings “The First Noel.” Philip Morris Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 26. The final chapter of the adventure. Will Judy and Jimmy finally get the Silver Star back for their Christmas tree? (13 min)


ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-26-48) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with John Brown, Janet Waldo, Joseph Kearns, Henry Blair, Tommy Bernard. Ozzie recalls a winter when his father assured the family that it would snow. Verne Smith announces. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-26-38) “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” a radio version of Walt Disney’s classic 1937 film, with the voices of Roy Atwell as Doc, Billy Gilbert as Sneezy, Stuart Buchanan as Grumpy and Moroni Olson as the Magic Mirror, all re-creating their roles from the original animated movie. Cecil B. DeMille hosts, with a guest appearance by Walt Disney. Lux Soap, CBS. (27 min & 13 min & 20 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (12-28-47) With Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Kenny Delmar, Peter Donald, Parker Fennelly, the DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the Orchestra, and guest Monty Woolley, who is looking to exchange a defective cuckoo clock. The Allen’s Alley question: “What is the outstanding event of 1947?” Blue Bonnet Margarine, Tender Leaf Tea, NBC. (29 min)
DR. CHRISTIAN (1-9-38) Jean Hersholt stars as Dr. Christian in the tenth program of the series, with Rosemary DeCamp as nurse Judy Price. In a story that takes place on New Year’s Eve, Dr. Christian treats the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Vaseline, CBS. (30 min)
RAILROAD HOUR (12-28-53) It’s a “Review of the Year,” starring Gordon MacRae in a look back at some of the show’s musical highlights from the previous year. With guest Dorothy Kirsten, the Norman Luboff Choir, and Carmen Dragon and His Orchestra, and a special appearance by the “Dean of American Musical playwrights,” Otto Harbach. Marvin Miller announces. American Association of Railroads, NBC. (29 min)

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On September 21, 1939, station WJSV/Washington DC recorded their entire day of broadcasting for the National Archives, from the sign-on to sign-off. This Autumn, Radio’s Golden Age continues our look at that entire broadcast day, as it was heard 75 years ago. (All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.)


COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 1:45 pm - 3:10 pm) President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech before a special session of Congress, as he asks for a drastic change in U.S. foreign policy.


BILL STERN SPORTS NEWSREEL (11-26-48) From Dallas, Texas, the famous sportscaster has a story about golfers who painted and welcomes guest Frankie Carle. Colgate, NBC.
RED SKELTON SHOW (9-10-46) The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire is devoted to “Vacation Time” with Red as Clem Kadiddlehopper and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with the daytime drama The Career of Alice Blair; the music show Rhythm Romance (hosted by Joe King); and an episode of Scattergood Baines. We’ll continue this complete broadcast day throughout the Autumn on Radio’s Golden Age.


COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with baseball, as the Washington Senators host the Cleveland Indians, and The World Dances.


PHILO VANCE (11-22-49) “The Nightmare Murder Case” stars Jackson Beck as Vance, who is asked to investigate when a woman dreams she has killed someone. Syndicated.
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (2-19-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant and guest Charles Boyer. Kraft, NBC.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with a news report, music by organist Johnny Saab, and sports news from Harry McTague.


ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (5-24-51) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie, who is hired by a sultan to learn about the girl his son is dating. Syndicated.
CRIME CLASSICS (1-27-54) “The Bourne Brothers and the Hangman.” A woman uses her two brothers to murder her husband. Sustaining, CBS.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll as Amos ‘n’ Andy and Leon Janney in The Parker Family.


INNER SANCTUM (4-23-46) “Make Ready My Grave” starring Richard Widmark in the story of a newlywed couple and a hangman’s noose. Lipton Tea and Soup, CBS.
SEALTEST VARIETY THEATRE (10-28-48) Dorothy Lamour welcomes guests Jack Carson and Boris Karloff. Sealtest, NBC.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with The Joe E. Brown Show. Post Toasties, CBS.


LIFE OF RILEY (4-27-46) William Bendix stars as Riley, who catches his son gambling and decides to teach the boy a lesson. Teel, NBC.
LONE RANGER (7-19-48) Brace Beemer stars as the Ranger, who helps a group of homesteaders build a bridge. Syndicated. Read the article about The Lone Ranger in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues The Ask-It Basket, a quiz program hosted by Jim McWilliams. Colgate, CBS.


DIMENSION X (5-6-50) “Knock” starring Luis Van Rooten. The last man on Earth finds himself in an alien-run “zoo.” Sustaining, NBC.
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (11-1-49) Jim and Marian Jordan star, as the Wistful Vista Trolley Company offers a prize for the best idea to improve service. Johnson’s Wax, NBC.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with Strange As It Seems, featuring the story of George Washington Carver. Palmolive, CBS.


COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with The Original Amateur Hour. Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, and Chrysler Motors, CBS.
GREAT SCENES FROM GREAT PLAYS (11-19-48) “The Enchanted Cottage” starring Gene Tierney and Richard Waring in a radio version of the play about a romance between a schoolteacher and a war veteran. Syndicated. Read the article about Gene Tierney in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.


MR. PRESIDENT (1949) Edward Arnold stars as the president, who is asked to establish a day of national Thanksgiving. Sustaining, ABC.
FOUNTAIN OF FUN (11-21-43) Toby Tuttle stars, with Frazier Thomas, Norman Ravel. Toby and the gang discuss Thanksgiving plans. Mars Candy, WLW/Cincinnati.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues as The Columbia Workshop presents “Now It’s Summer.” Sustaining, CBS.


MUSIC FROM HOLLYWOOD (12-24-37) A program of music starring Alice Faye, with Hal Kemp and the Orchestra, with additional vocals by Skinnay Ennis. Chesterfield, CBS. Read the article about Skinnay Ennis in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
AUTHOR’S PLAYHOUSE (12-21-41) “Christmas By Injunction” is the story of a western town with a Santa Claus but no children! Sustaining, NBC.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with Americans at Work, hosted by John Reed King. Sustaining, CBS.


GUEST STAR (12-16-51) “Stand-In For Santa” stars MacDonald Carey. On Christmas Eve, a reporter is sent on an assignment to the tenement district. Syndicated.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-20-42) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, who has been so busy at the Water Department that his girlfriend Leila feels neglected. Kraft, NBC.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 10:00 pm - 10:45 pm) WJSV’s broadcast day continues with news and commentary from Edwin C. Hill, music and news on the Streamline Interlude, and commentary from Albert Warner. (NOTE: At 10:45 pm, WJSV presented a re-broadcast of President Roosevelt’s speech, which was heard previously on the September 21 edition of Radio’s Golden Age.)


MEL BLANC SHOW (12-24-46) Mel’s last-minute Christmas shopping is interrupted by a request to play Santa Claus. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. Read the article about The Mel Blanc Show in the Autumn 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (12-21-58) John Dehner stars as Paladin, who is hired by a rancher at Christmas time to find his missing son. Sustaining, CBS.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-21-39; 11:21 pm - 12:00 am) WSJV’s broadcast day continues with remote broadcasts from Jerry Livingstone and His Orchestra and Teddy Powell and His Orchestra.


NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (12-25-43) Lon Clark is Nick, who decides to investigate why a hard-hearted businessman hates Christmas. Sustaining, MBS.
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-19-54) It’s Christmas time and Jack and the gang are celebrating in Palm Springs. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-22-39; 12:00 am - 12:30 am) Louis Prima and His Orchestra, in a remote broadcast from the Hickory House in New York City.


PHILCO RADIO TIME (12-31-47) Bing Crosby stars with guest Danny Thomas, who fantasizes about being a movie producer. Philco, ABC.
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (1-5-47) “New Year’s Nightmare” is the story of a reveller who has too much to drink on New Year’s Eve. Sustaining, MBS.
COMPLETE BROADCAST DAY (9-22-39; 12:30 am - 1:00 am) WJSV’s complete broadcast day concludes with Bob Chester and His Orchestra from the Mayfair Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio; a recap of the news of the day; and the station’s sign-off.

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